Ariston launches new energy saving products


HCMC - Ariston Thermo Vietnam Company Ltd on Friday started marketing its new energy saving heating products on the market where the Italian brand considers as the most important country in Asia. Michele Morichi, country manager of Ariston Thermo Vietnam, told the Daily at the launching event held at the hotel Sheraton Saigon in downtown HCMC that the new SS Series products and Heat Pump water heater would be a chance for the company to affirm its leadership in the sector in Vietnam. Some visitors have a look at a heating product displayed at the launching event held at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel in downtown HCMC on Friday - Photo: Dinh Dung … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Apr 13


Tuoitrenews briefs some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media: -- Sweden has confirmed that it will support the European Union's early recognition of Vietnam's market economy status and help speed up negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the EU to ensure it will be completed in 2014, Ewa Bjorling, Swedish Minister for Trade and Nordic Cooperation, told Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in his recent working visit to Stockholm. -- A recent seminar introducing prospects for wide-ranging cooperation between Vietnam and France has been organized in the city of Tours in the central Indre Et Loire province of France. The event, part of the activities held to celebrate the Vietnam Year in France 2014, has showcased Vietnam's potentials in economics, culture and human resources to French participants who are seeking investment opportunities in Vietnam. Society: -- Electricity is responsible for most of the recent fires in Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Energy labeling for energy saving products


(VEN) - As energy prices are greatly fluctuate and consumer demand for energy efficiency products increases, energy labeling is considered as passport to lead the way for energy saving products to domestic consumers. Electric fan is one of home appliances tagged with energy efficiency label Walking around several markets in Hanoi, we can see the increasing consumer trend of choosing to buy power saving appliances. However, apart from the ads and producer notes written on leaflets, consumers have no idea of how a power saving product looks like. In this case, the energy label is a sign to help consumers identify energy efficiency and high performance products. In addition, the label can become a technical barrier to separate high from low energy efficiency appliances, while urging manufacturers to market more high energy efficiency products. Previously, there were two lines of products labeled as energy efficiency including compact fluorescent light bulbs and electric fans. According … [Read more...]

Ariston proud to be a successful Italian brand in Vietnam


(VEN) - To mark the Year of Italy in Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Vietnam, Vietnam Economic News' Phuong Linh spoke with Stefano Cartoni, General Director of Ariston Thermo Vietnam, the most successful Italian company in the water heater sector in Vietnam. The global economic crisis has been sparking a series of difficulties to enterprises. However, it is said that 2012 is the most successful year of Ariston Thermo. Could you please elaborate more about its success by figures? Ariston Thermo accomplished 2012 as a year of very positive result. The Group increase its revenues outpacing market trend, while improving profitability and return on invested capital. All 2012 goals were met and even exceeded. International expansion continued to be a strategic driver for business growth, supported by a continuous improvement of the Group's professional and managerial team. The group has achieved annual revenues of 1,324 million euro, up 5.9 … [Read more...]

Ariston boils up new water heater factory


Ariston Thermo Group last week kicked-off construction of what will become Asia's second largest water heater factory. Mainly intended to supply for Vietnam and Southeast Asian markets, the plant employs an Italian-designed water heater production line and on-site waste water treatment system. The construction of new plant in Bac Ninh will lay a solid foundation for the company to achieve its vision and mission in Vietnam market, according to Ariston Thermo commercial director Stefano Cartoni. … [Read more...]

“Beautiful Life” Program Launched

(VEN) - On August 8, 2011 in Hanoi, the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Office in conjunction with the Ariston Thermo Vietnam Company and the Hanoi Radio and Television organized a press conference launching the television program on using electricity safely and effectively entitled "Beautiful Life". The program has practical meaning to people and businesses, improving their awareness of using electricity safely and effectively. The program will be divided into 52 parts per year. The first part will be broadcasted at 21h58' on Monday on Channel H1 and at 19h40' on Friday on Channel H2. Nguyen Dinh Hiep, the director of the Science and Technology Department cum director of the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Office under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that energy conservation programs will focus on encouraging the community apply energy conservation methods. Accordingly, the "Beautiful Life" program will focus on supplying knowledge of using electricity safely and … [Read more...]

Ariston Keeps Stronger Foothold in Vietnamese Market

Mr Paolo Merloni - CEO of Ariston has recently paid a working visit to Vietnam. On the occasion, Vietnam Business Forum reporter had an interview with him around Ariston's business activities in Vietnam. What is the purpose of your visit to Vietnam?

There are different purposes for my visit here after 5 years, some of them related to our Company strategy and organisation in this special economic situation, some others related to my professional interest in this Country's development of lifestyle and evolution of business models. I also developed a big curiosity to explore again a market where Ariston is becoming more and more an icon of well-being, where the sales of our products are so closely related to the desire of modernity and comfort by the whole Vietnamese society. In the last 5 years Ariston made huge steps ahead in Vietnam market, not only by reconfirming a very solid leadership in Water Heating, but more importantly Ariston established a trustful relation with Vietnamese consumers, thanks to our social campaigns for Safety and Energy Saving, and provided tangible benefits to Ariston products users. What is the position of the Vietnam market in Ariston's strategies for Asia? Vietnam represents, together with China … [Read more...]

Huntsman Committed to Vietnam’s Textile Growth

At the press conference held on May 6 at Sheraton Saigon Hotel entitled challenges of Vietnam’s textile industry, Mr Paul Hulme, President of Huntsman Textile Effects, the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, addressed critical business challenges and collaborated with mills and brands to drive sustainable growth and create value in Vietnam’s textile industry. According to Mr Paul Hulme, Vietnam’s textile industry continues to face economic and environmental pressures. He said that in order to help customers stay ahead of the game, Huntsman Textile Effects recognises that speed and flexibility are top priorities across the textile value chain, saying that Huntsman Textile Effects is fully committed to Vietnam’s textile growth story and is pleased to announce the opening later this month of a new bonded warehouse in the inland container depot at Long Binh. He added that customers will benefit from … [Read more...]

Le Meridien Unlocks Vietnam with Opening of Le Meridien Saigon


Recently,Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced the debut of Le Méridien in Vietnam with the opening of Le Méridien Saigon. Combining a chic, modern design aesthetic with a passion for culture and cuisine, the new hotel is set to ‘unlock’ Ho Chi Minh City’s distinct flavours and rich heritage through unique programming for both guests and locals alike. The opening of Le Méridien Saigon marks the fourth Starwood Hotel in Vietnam, joining a dynamic portfolio that includes the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, and Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa. Starwood’s robust pipeline in Vietnam also encompasses Four Points by Sheraton Danang and Sheraton Danang Resort, which are expected to open in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Le Méridien Saigon features 350 contemporary guest rooms and suites starting from a spacious 38 square metres, each outfitted with signature Le Méridien … [Read more...]

Hotels put on food programs for holiday

The Saigon Times Daily Caravelle Hotel The hotel’s Nineteen Buffet Restaurant on the ground floor is offering a sumptuous dinner buffet, with Vietnamese delicacies alongside timeless Asian and Continental favorites, from fresh oysters and seafood, to salads, soups, steamed fish, live grilling stations and tempting desserts. Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon There is a special room offer at the price of VND2.3 million ++/Deluxe per night from now until May 3. The long holiday package includes 25% discount for airport pick-up, one complimentary glass of fresh juice in Tropicana pool bar, shuttle bus for Saigon sightseeing, free access to swimming pool and fitness center, free Internet access, plus 15% off on F&B at Atrium Café, Legend Lounge and Yoshino Restaurant. Additionally, the Atrium Café celebrates the national holiday with sumptuous international brunch and dinner buffet, featuring seafood, beef, lobster and foie gras, and a free flow of selected wine, … [Read more...]

April 27-May 3: Friendship-Concert with German Children Choir in Hanoi

8:45 pm, everyday from Tuesday to Sunday until August 30   Le Club, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi   15 Ngo Quyen street, Hoan Kiem district

8 pm, May 1 ATK 73a Mai Hac De street, Hai Ba Trung district A special night of experimental music with EVERYTHING making sounds but NO LAPTOP, featuring Lark Minkous, Vu Nhat Tan, and Sound Awakener Tickets: VND 50 000 at the door - VND 30 000 in advance Performance of African-American jazz diva Kathryn Farmer Friendship-Concert with German Children Choir 8 pm, April 27 Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district The Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, who have won several competitions, will have friendship concert together with host, Vinschool Along with solo performances from each choir, they will sing a Vietnamese song entitled 'Hoa nhịp con tim' (Join the Heartbeat together) and 'Let there be peace on earth' together. Tickets: VND200 000-VND 300 000 EXHIBITIONExhibition "Hanoi - a Living Museum" by Nguyen The Son Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center 50 Dao Duy Tu street, Hoan Kiem district Works on display … [Read more...]

First Can Tho book fair

A view of a wedding studio on the ground floor of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in HCMC’s District 1 - PHOTO: PHUC ANH

Kieu Giang The first book fair in Can Tho’s Ninh Kieu District will take place from March 26 to 31 at Luu Huu Phuoc Park. Fahasa, HCMC’s book distributor, will host this event with the participation of local and international publishers. Some 200 bookstalls of publishers and book companies will display and sell books of various subjects such as literature, culture, society, economics, children, foreign languages and e-books. In addition to book donation programs for libraries in remote areas, the fair will have conferences on books and reading culture, and competitions for readers. An exhibition on Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes will be organized at Luu Huu Phuoc Park during this time. … [Read more...]

HCM City luxury hotels feel the heat

Foreign tourists join a cooking class in HCMC. More luxury hotels will be put into service to capitalize on increasing international visitor arrivals in the city.

The fact that more five-star hotels will be up and running in downtown HCMC in years to come will pile pressure on the operational high-end hotels which are struggling with room occupancy drops. A report by HCMC-based hotel and resort property firm Alternaty Co., Ltd. showed that two luxury hotels, The Reverie and Le Meridien, will be inaugurated in the center of the city this year, supplying an extra 636 guest rooms for the market. One year later, at least two more luxury hotels would start operations when the Viettel property with 424 rooms on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street is completed and managed by an international company. Union Square Hotel, formerly known as Vincom A, is set for opening next year before The One and Lavenue projects join the market in 2017 and 2018. The projects to expand the Hotel Majestic and re-build Satra Tax Centre are scheduled for completion in the next four years. According to Alternaty, the city now has 16 five-star hotels with 5,146 rooms … [Read more...]

City luxury hotels feel the heat

Foreign tourists join a cooking class in HCMC. More luxury hotels will be put into service to capitalize on increasing international visitor arrivals in the city - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG

Thai Ngoc A report by HCMC-based hotel and resort property firm Alternaty Co., Ltd. showed that two luxury hotels, The Reverie and Le Meridien, will be inaugurated in the center of the city this year, supplying an extra 636 guest rooms for the market. One year later, at least two more luxury hotels would start operations when the Viettel property with 424 rooms on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street is completed and managed by an international company. Union Square Hotel, formerly known as Vincom A, is set for opening next year before The One and Lavenue projects join the market in 2017 and 2018. The projects to expand the Hotel Majestic and re-build Satra Tax Centre are scheduled for completion in the next four years. According to Alternaty, the city now has 16 five-star hotels with 5,146 rooms categorized in the luxury, upper upscale and upscale levels. In 2013 and 2014, room occupancy was 71% for five-star hotels of the luxury category and 65% for the other two categories. … [Read more...]

Highlights for March 2-8

PERFORMANCETrinh Cong Son Music Night "Hạ Huyền 2″ (Dark Moon 2) L'Espace 24 Trang Tien Street, At the show, Giang Trang and other musicians will play music composed by Trinh Cong Son, a famous Vietnamese composer who was deeply influenced by Western music and created "sad melodies of yellow skin". Ticket: VND160,000 Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 80 000 VND EXHIBITIONExhibition "Painting en Plein Air in America" 31 - 33 Hang Dong Street The exhibition displays sixty-seven oil paintings created by Trinh Lu, a Vietnamese artist, between July and December of 2014 with his minimalist studio-on-a-bicycle capturing the landscapes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exhibition "Two Sisters - Two Frontlines" Vietnam Women's Museum 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, The exhibition describes the women's productivity and combat life during the wartime through the memories of witnesses to this history. Ticket: VND30,000 Art Show "Voyage" by Japanese Artist Tan My … [Read more...]

Le Meridien Saigon holds mass recruitment day

Kieu Giang Le Méridien Saigon will be the first Le Méridien hotel in Vietnam yet the fourth property under the management of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the country, including Four Points by Sheraton Danang (slated to open on July 1, 2017), Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa. Le Méridien Saigon will commence service from mid-2015. "Our associates are guaranteed to have experience and world-class training and development that will ensure they reach their true potential. Our commitment is to support the local tourism sector’s sustainable development through the development of local young talent who will be leaders at our properties in the near future," said Frank Bochmann, the hotel’s general manager, in a statement. Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 103 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts … [Read more...]

Swiss brand says Hoang Sa, Truong Sa ‘belong to Vietnam’ on watches


Swiss brand Candino has debuted its special watches whose clock faces include a message, as suggested by its Vietnamese partner, saying Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos "belong to Vietnam." A ceremony was held at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday to introduce the watches. Candino has finished making 1,888 such watches that are simply but tastefully designed and boast the red Vietnamese flag right in the 12 o’clock position, which is indicative of the Southeast Asian country’s solemnity and eternity. On the clock face are words that read "Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam." The watch back has an intricately carved relief of the Vietnamese map along with the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and Phu Quoc Island. The Candino Swiss watches say "Hoang Sa Tuoi Tre Hoang Sa is an island district under the administration of the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang while Truong Sa is also an island … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur.

HCM City hotels host New Year countdown parties A number of HCM City-based hotels are holding countdown parties to welcome the New Year. Female DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur will present a special performance on New Year's Eve at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers' Level 23 Nightspot, while Filipino band Sound On Fire will perform at the countdown party at the hotel's The Lounge. Sofitel Saigon Plaza will host a countdown party at a rooftop pool with a live music performance by local DJs. All the events are scheduled for New Year's Eve. Guns N' Roses tribute night Fans of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses shouldn't miss a tribute concert to the legendary band hosted by Hanoi Rock City tonight. Local band Nevermind will relive the early 1990s with a repertoire featuring more than 20 songs by the American hard rock band such as Civil War and Welcome to the Jungle. The show will start at 8pm at Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District). Tickets cost … [Read more...]

Where to celebrate Christmas


Kieu Giang Caravelle Saigon Christmas Eve gala dinner, Christmas Day luncheon and Christmas Day dinner buffet will feature traditional holiday dishes. Early diners on Christmas Eve will be treated to a musical performance by the Children Choirs as well as the hotel’s in-house carolers; and a live jazz quartet will play festive tunes from 8 p.m. on December 24. Duxton Hotel Saigon Christmas special treats are at The Grill Restaurant. Function rooms offer a wonderful range of Christmas and New Year menus for your meetings. Hotel Equatorial HCMC On December 24, people can join in a buffet dinner at Chit Chat Restaurant while immersing in Christmas songs to be played by the carol team and being delighted by Santa Claus. Orientica holds a meaningful night with Christmas tune and surprise from Santa. On December 25, Chit Chat also hosts Christmas Day brunch and dinner. Hotel Nikko Saigon La Brasserie Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Saigon introduces fine dining, live music, … [Read more...]

New World Saigon Hotel to fund ambulance boat for the poor

Sight-impaired children from Thien An Shelter in HCMC’s Tan Phu District performs popular Christmas carols at a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which was held last week at the five-star New World Saigon Hotel to ring in the festive season in town - PHOTO: NGOC MINH

Quang Minh The medical ambulance boat will be designed in Australia able to sail in rough weather conditions with a solid aluminum hulk, and capable of transporting patients in half the time taken by road to HCMC. Guests to the hotel are advised to donate VND20,000 (or US$1) to the charity project which runs until February 28 to help save a life. … [Read more...]